Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit, help me realize how your grace abounds in this day and age...
With all the talk about global warming, strikes and social upheaval, and churches and religious order closing, it is easy to believe that in this day and age we are left on our own. With mass self-destruction just around the corner, it is easy to think as a ‘civilization’ that it is we who have created the world and we who are destroying it and that as much as we have destroyed it, it is in our power to save it. This massive pessimism on the one hand, and arrogance on the other, can blind [me] to the generous grace of God that is gloriously manifest in the ordinary miracles of life: the beauty and abundance of the natural world as seasons come and go; the wonder of compassion and divine mercy manifest in kind and honest conversations; or the simple joys of prayer and praise to be found at church or in quiet moments of contemplation. These are the subtle signs of the Grace of God that continues to be poured forth from a generous, immortal and all-wise God who, despite human pessimism and arrogance, continues to love and reach out to us human beings created as we are in his image. Will I take time to ‘trace the grace’ of God in the world today? Holy Spirit, help me realize how your grace abounds in this day and age.
The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength. (Psalm 19:7)
“See that I am God. See that I am in everything. See that I do everything. See that I have never stopped ordering my works, nor ever shall, eternally. See that I lead everything on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began, by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made it. How can anything be amiss?”
Julian of Norwich
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.